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Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald

Profession: Jazz Musician

United States of America

Why Famous: Interpreter of the Great American Songbook. She sold 40 million copies of her more than 70 albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Born: April 25, 1917
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: June 15, 1996 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Diabetes

Articles on Ella Fitzgerald

Married Life

  • 1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay
  • 1947-12-10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)
  • 1953-08-28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Events in the Life of Ella Fitzgerald

  • 1938-05-02 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
  • 1938-06-25 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1
  • 1945-03-27 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the song "It's Only a Paper Moon"
  • 1959-05-04 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • 2019-06-11 "The New York Times" reveals estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles